Welcome to the Johnson's
123 Rivington St., nr. Essex St.; 212-420-9911
A theme bar for kids too cool for theme bars, this LES mainstay is decked out just like your parents' rec room circa 1978—faux-wood-paneled walls, a vintage brown refrigerator, sports-league trophies, even a Ms. Pac-Man game.
484 Union Ave., at Skillman Ave., Williamsburg; 718-609-0484
While it's a go-to for the Williamsburg hookup scene, a dance room, killer D.J.'s, and a huge back patio (complete with a taco truck) make this bar worth your while even if you go home alone.
The Bar Without a Name
597 Manhattan Ave., nr. Driggs Ave., Greenpoint; 212-334-9676
This nameless bar in Greenpoint has made a name for itself with a spacious outdoor garden and a laid-back crowd.
Home Sweet Home
131 Chrystie St., nr. Delancey St.; 212-226-5708
The subterranean digs aren't very sweet, but fans of taxidermy and rock and roll will feel right at home.
560 Manhattan Ave., at Driggs Ave., Greenpoint; 718-349-3859
Finally, someplace to wear that cheap old T-shirt and expensive new haircut.